– Curetis wins new investors QIAGEN and LSP-HEF, committing EUR 7 million
– Curetis well financed into 2017
Curetis AG, a developer of next-level molecular diagnostic solutions, today announced it has closed a EUR 14.5 million extension of its Series B financing round, which was originally led by HBM Partners in April 2013. All existing investors – aeris Capital, BioMed Invest, CD Venture, Forbion Capital, HBM Partners, LSP – Life Sciences Partners, Roche Venture Fund, management, a trustee-pool of Curetis employees and private angel investors – participated in the extension financing, investing EUR 7.5 million on a pro rata basis. QIAGEN and LSP Health Economics Fund (LSP-HEF) are joining as new investors, committing a total of EUR 7 million. The financing brings the total amount of equity raised by Curetis AG to over EUR 63.5 million.
In addition, Rudy Dekeyser of LSP-HEF will join Curetis´ Supervisory Board, while Hans-Guenter Hohmann will step down after being a Board member for the past six years. Dr. Martin Potgeter, Vice President Business Development of QIAGEN, will take an observer seat on the board as second representative of a corporate investor alongside Simon Meier of Roche Venture Fund and Dr. Karsten Fischer of BioMed Invest.
The financing is supported by the achievement of key milestones, e.g. several CE/IVD-marked products, an ongoing FDA clearance trial and a growing commercial distribution network across Europe. The European market introduction of both the Unyvero P50 Pneumonia and i60 Implant and Tissue Infection applications, allowing a faster and better diagnosis of life-threatening infectious diseases, has shown increasing traction. In addition, the company is in talks with several parties on granting future U.S. commercialization rights and further expanding the commercialization into Asia and other global markets.